Vesnina: It was all about Serena


Elena Vesnina expects Serena Williams to win her seventh Wimbledon title after the Russian suffered a crushing semi-final defeat to the reigning champion on Thursday.

Williams recorded a 6-2 6-0 victory in just 48 minutes to reach her ninth decider on the grass of the All England Club.

World number 50 Vesnina, who had never been past the fourth round of a grand slam before, tipped her conqueror to defeat Angelique Kerber and gain revenge for the defeat she suffered to the German in the Australian Open in January.

"I was really impressed [with] the way Serena played today," Vesnina told a news conference.

"Credit to her. I think she has now [a] big, big chance to win her 22nd grand slam [singles] title. I think she's in the right mood right now.

"She's the strongest one, with the mentality to [play] on the big courts, the big events, finals, semi-finals, grand slams. She's the best with this."

Vesnina was broken in each of her first two service games against Williams and failed to hold once in a brutally one-sided second set on Centre Court. 

"I felt like I had no chance today," the 29-year-old said.

"I felt like Serena was playing really good. She was in a great mood, and [her] serve was working really well.

"She had a really high percentage of the first serves. She was placing it amazingly."

Vesnina claimed she approached the daunting match with a clear strategy but proved incapable of halting the Williams juggernaut. 

"I was trying to change everything. You know, I went on the court with a game plan," she said.

"I think I tried everything. I did serve and volley couple of times. But it was just not meant to be today. It was all about Serena."